This year, Dan and I stuffed our carry-on suitcases full and hauled them across the country to spend Christmas with my family in Ohio. I hadn’t celebrated a Christmas with my family in three years and Dan had never celebrated the holiday with them, so our seasonal trip was long overdue.
We had a great time visiting the Toledo Zoo, wine tasting at the small Chateau Tebeau Winery in Helena, attending candlelight church service at one of the churches in which I was raised, celebrating the holiday with family, and doing nothing. Most of our time truly was filled doing, well, nothing! We relaxed, read, napped, talked with family members, slept in, and enjoyed every minute where we weren’t running around doing something. It was glorious!
We’re already planning for Christmas 2012: We felt so bad leaving Snoopy for eight days this year that we’re planning on road-tripping with him to Colorado in 2012 (via Las Vegas, St. George, and Utah) and renting a house in the Rockies. My sister lives in CO and my family in Ohio is on board meeting up with us for a mountain holiday filled with snow, skiing, snowshoeing, and microbrews. After the holiday, Dan and I would like to head home on a different route that takes us by the Grand Canyon. We already can’t wait!
Here are a few pictures from Christmas 2011 in Ohio: